As an Electrical Engineering Group Lead at MBARI, my primary responsibility is to develop scientific instruments and underwater vehicles to increase our understanding of the world’s oceans. During my time at MBARI, I have worked on a wide variety of projects in collaboration with chemists, geologists, marine biologists, and ecologists. In addition to designing, building, and testing new instrumentation, I follow my equipment out to sea where we routinely deploy and service them. Below are some links to a few of the projects I have worked on:
The Benthic Rover
The AUV Gulper
B.S., Mathematics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1995
M.S., Mechanical Engineering,University of California, Berkeley, 2000
Ph.D., Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley/UCSF, 2003
Smith, K.L., Jr., H.A. Ruhl, M. Kahru, C.L. Huffard and A.D. Sherman 2013) Deep ocean communities impacted by changing climate over 24 y in the abyssal northeast Pacific. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 110: 19838-19841.
Smith, K.L., Jr., A.D. Sherman, T.J. Shaw and J. Sprintall (2013) Icebergs as unique Lagrangian ecosystems in polar seas. Annu. Rev. Mar. Sci. 5: 269-287.
Smith, K.L., Jr., A.D. Sherman, T.J. Shaw, A.E. Murray, M. Vernet and A.O. Cefarelli (2011) Carbon export associated with free-drifting icebergs in the Southern Ocean. Deep-Sea Research Part II 58: 1485-1496.
Sherman, A.D., B.W. Hobson, P.R. McGill, R.E. Davis, M.C. McClune and K.L. Smith, Jr. (2011) Lagrangian sediment traps for sampling at discrete depths beneath free-drifting icebergs. Deep-Sea Research Part II 58: 1327-1335.
Sherman, A.D. and K.L. Smith Jr. 2009) Deep-sea benthic boundary layer communities and food supply: A long-term monitoring strategy, Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 56: 1754-1762.
P.R. McGill, A.D. Sherman, B.W. Hobson, R.G. Henthorn, K.L. Smith, Jr. 2009) Initial Deployments of the Rover: an Autonomous Bottom-Transecting Instrument Platform. Journal of Ocean Technology. Vol. 4, No. 2: 50 – 66.
I have been lucky enough to participate in many research cruises with MBARI scientists on both the R/V Rachel Carson and the R/V Western Flyer. I have also been lucky enough to participate in expeditions to the Arctic, the Antarctic, and the Sargasso Sea.
Here are some pictures taken at sea: